Practical, efficient, and affordable, the 2020 Kia Soul and 2020 Nissan Kicks perfectly represent the modern-day entry-level vehicle. Sitting high off the ground and offering plenty of flexible utility, they’re pitched to the public as crossover suvs. But without an optional all-wheel drive system, they’re more like the five-door hatchbacks people used to buy when choosing basic transportation.
Perhaps because they’ve got plenty of personality and practicality, each is available in specification levels ranging from basic to premium, and the Kia even comes in both turbocharged and electric variants. But which of these perky commuter vessels is best? Let’s take a closer look.